2013 Agenda


9:00 AM Michigan Robotics Day Introduction  – Phil Callihan, Director, Strategic Projects, NCMS

9:05 AM Welcoming Remarks – Rick Jarman, President & CEO, NCMS


“The Importance of Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles for Michigan”

9:40 AM The Honorable Carl Levin, United States Senator

Morning Session – Industry Focus

9:45-10:45 AM “Interconnected Robotic Systems: From Health Care to Transportation”


Andrew Dallas, Vice President, Federal Systems, Soar Technology, Inc.


Sara Blackmer, Director of Government Markets for Pratt & Miller Engineering 

Dr. David Felten, Director of Medical Research, Beaumont Hospitals

Dr. Chuck Jacobus, President, Cybernet Systems Corporation

Marty Linn, Principal Engineer of Robotics for General Motors

John Maddox, Director of Collaborative Program Strategies UMTRI and TTI


11:00-12:00 KEYNOTE  Professor Alberto Broggi, Ph.D.

“VisLab efforts in the field of perception for autonomous driving”


12:00-1:00 Michigan Robotics Day Proclamation Michigan Representative Dian Slavins

12:01-1205: Lunch, Michigan Robotics Day Proclamation, Aerial Demonstration (Stadium)


Afternoon Session –  Education & Research Focus

1:00-1:10 PM Welcoming Remarks, Associate Professor Vineet Kamat, Civil and Environmental Engineering (University of Michigan)

1:10-1:30 PM University of Michigan: Robotics Research Highlights – Professor Dawn Tilbury, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (University of Michigan)

1:30-3:00 PM Demonstrations, Break-out sessions, Unconference

1:30-2:00 PM Break Out Session #1- Autonomous Automobiles and Active Safety- Jim McBride, Ford Motor Company

2:00-2:30 PM Break Out Session #2- National Robotics Roadmap- Bill Thomasmeyer Robotics Technology Consortium

2:30-3:00 PM Break Out Session #3-  STEM: Connecting Curriculum and Industry – Ross Gordon, Washtenaw Community College

3:00-4:00 PM Industry – Technical Careers, Industry/Student Discussion, Demonstrations Continue

4:00-4:30 PM Presentation- Return to Palau:  High school students from Stockbridge, Michigan use Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle to search for missing airmen in the Western Pacific Ocean

4:30-4:45 PM SMART Scholarship Recognition of Outstanding FIRST Teams

4:45-5:00 PM Closing Remarks